Kilkenomics ready to make us laugh, or cry

The lineup has been announced for the second Kilkenomics Festival, which takes place from November 2-6.

The lineup has been announced for the second Kilkenomics Festival, which takes place from November 2-6.

With topics such as “What The Hell Is Happening Right Now?”, “The Day After Tomorrow: What Happens After A Default?”, “When Will The Irish Property Market Bottom Out?”, “Has Austerity Ever Worked Anywhere, Ever?” and “Can Farming save Economies?”, the lineup includes top economists mixed in with a few comedians for good measure.

Among those taking part in the festival discussions will be Max Keiser, a former Wall Street broker turned TV presenter, radio host, entrepreneur and broadcaster; Nitasha Kaul, writer, economist, poet, independent scholar and commentator; Alan Beattie, international economy editor at The Financial Times; Margaret E. Ward, an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster; and Heiner Flassbeck, chief economist at the United Nations Agency for World Trade and Development.

Adding a timely Greek perspective will be Matina Stevis, who was born and raised in Athens, Greece and lives in London. She has published in Greek and foreign publications, including Eleftherotypia in Athens and The Economist in London.

Well-known Irish-based analysts David McWilliams, Constantin Gurdgiev, Colm McCarthy, Brian Lucey, Fintan O’Toole and Simon Carswell will also be offering their insights, along with Neil Delamere, Colm O’Regan, Des Bishop and Eleanor Tiernan seeing the comical side of things.

Full details are on www.kilkenomics.com.